An investigation of experiences and depression rates in women who have difficulties in establishing a satisfactory breastfeeding process with their baby : an exploratory study
Bolyos, Elizabeth (2010) An investigation of experiences and depression rates in women who have difficulties in establishing a satisfactory breastfeeding process with their baby : an exploratory study. Other Degree thesis, Victoria University.
This study investigated the experiences and post-natal depression rates in women experiencing problems in establishing and maintaining a successful breastfeeding process with their babies. There were two phases in the project. Phase 1 gathered categorical data about this client group, their partner and baby, the breastfeeding problems experienced and screened the women for post-natal depression. Phase 2 involved semi-structured, in-depth interviews with ten of the women involved in Phase 1. The interviews explored women’s physical and emotional experiences of the breastfeeding problem(s); how this/these impacted on their relationship with their baby and partner; sought to elicit and evaluate the professional assistance they have received to remedy the problem(s); examined the amount and quality of family and social support received by the women; and invited participants to provide suggestions as to how other women in the same situation could be assisted. The results obtained found that this sample group had a higher level of PND than found by most previous researchers; that breastfeeding problems had a considerable physical and emotional impact on the women; they supported previous findings that professional, family and social supports are very important to new mothers; and that professional assistance and support to these women could be improved. It is recommended that further investigation is warranted – with a larger and more representative sample - to explore whether breastfeeding problems contribute to the aetiology and exacerbation of post-natal depression.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Other Degree thesis)|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||breastfeeding, deprression, post-natal depression rates, women, females, Australian, Australia|
|Subjects:||FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
|Depositing User:||VU Library|
|Date Deposited:||03 Jan 2012 04:09|
|Last Modified:||23 May 2013 16:55|
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